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Bloodfever: The Fever Series

January 18th, 2011

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I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . . . In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.

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Science Fiction I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . . . In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.

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  1. Aurie
    January 18th, 2011 at 22:10 | #1


    “You ask absurd questions. Listen to your gut, Ms. Lane. It may save your life one day.” –Jericho Barrons, Bloodfever.

    The “Fever” series by Karen Marie Moning has become my new obsession, and boy does it get awkward, since Faefever (Fever, Book 3) doesn’t come out until later this year. Bloodfever (Fever Series, Book 2) is the second book in this series after the very propitious Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1), and far surpasses its predecessor.

    When we were first introduced to Mac Lane in “Darkfever”, she was a haughty southern debutante whose foremost concerns in life were the state of her tan and the color of her fingernails. When her sister was murdered in Dublin, Mac ventured to Ireland in search of answers…and revenge. Only after she met the enigmatic Jericho Barrons did she learn that the truth surrounding her sister’s death was no ordinary crime, but part of an ongoing battle between faeries and humans. And Mac discovers that she can not only see past Sidhe glamour, but she has powers of her own.

    In “Bloodfever” there is much more depth and growth given to Mac’s character. She realizes that she feels two different inner parts of herself: MacKayla Lane and Savage Mac. MacKayla Lane is the part of her that decides to work part-time at Barons Books and Baubles during the daytime, when she isn’t out “OOP detecting”. Savage Mac comes out when she’s in trouble. It’s the part of her wrapped in survival and gives her the courage to fight and the means to avenge her sister.

    Moning shares more about some of the players in the faery war in this book. Mac struggles to resist the continued advances of V’Lane, the prince of the Seelie court and a “death by sex” fae. She discovers some facts about his background, but there are still many unanswered questions regarding why he is helping her. Mac also uncovers a secret society of fae seers, led by one of the characters introduced in “Darkfever”. Having never come to her aid before out of a fervent fear of being discovered, Mac is unsure whether or not she should depend on the mysterious society or rely on the answers they give her. Mac can’t be certain if either the Seelie court or the Sidhe seer society truly want her or if they want to take advantage of her ability to sense fae relics. Ultimately, either group might simply be interested in attaining the Sinsar Dubh, which Mac reacts particularly strongly to.

    Mac knows she shouldn’t wholly trust anyone, but can’t help but depend on Barrons, despite what the Sidhe seers reveal about him. After having saved her life more than once, Mac realizes that Jericho Barrons might be the only person she can rely on in this whole mess. Moning doesn’t share much more about Barron’s identity, but builds his relationship with Mac in a way that is sure to make readers eager…and frustrated. With enough sexual tension one can cut with a knife, Moning needs to be careful not to drag it on for too long. As it stands, she’s doing a fine job of building a very possible romance for the two. Readers get to see more teasing between the two characters and I found myself amused by the conversations surrounding the three numbers Barrons puts in her cell phone: JB (Jericho Barrons), IYCGM (If You Can’t Get Me) and IYD (If You’re Dying), the last one being something Mac certainly doesn’t have the guts to try. There are also some tender moments between the two, and Moning reveals more of a softer side to Barrons. But anymore sexual tension, and this reader’s head might just explode.

    Readers might also be pleased by some of the references to Moning’s “Highlander” series. Nothing comes up that requires having read the series, but I’m always pleased when an author decides to do this. It pays a nice homage to dedicated readers and not only opens up the world created in “Fever” to include some characters from that series, but also creates the possibility that some unanswered questions may be hinted at in the “Highlander” series.

    Becoming obsessed with the “Fever” series can only mean one thing: waiting for Faefever is going to be hell.

  2. T. Collins
    January 19th, 2011 at 20:36 | #2


    I read a few of the reviews for this book and I understand everyone has there own opinions. But, come on, who could possibly think KMM is going to lose readers with her Fever Series just because there isn’t enough romance. I have read just about everything from KMM and enjoyed it all. But the Fever series is gripping me more than anything else shes ever written. The characters are amazing, they are evolving into people we can relate to. Mac’s not becoming a hard and bitter “b” but getting the spine she needs, maturing, and still has that girl next door, southern bell charm. And Jericho, we see a small part of the humanity that he tries so hard to hide. I knew it was there, I was waiting for it. The chemistry is sizzling. The antisipation for the next move is nail biting. I will be first in line when the next book hits the stores. But thats just my opinion…..

  3. Cora
    January 20th, 2011 at 13:30 | #3


    I have been waiting for book 2 since I finished Darkfever, and it was worth the wait. I was so enthralled that I finished this book in one night. If you loved the first book, then this is a must read.

  4. J. Sommerville
    January 22nd, 2011 at 06:06 | #4


    So I just finished the book last night – finished it in about 8 hours. In my review of Darkfever, I stated that Mac had a lot of growing up to do; she was much to `spoiled valley-girl like for me. I couldn’t identify with her, I really didn’t like her or feel much empathy for what was happening to her. However, I told myself to wait and see how/if Mac changes in this book, and let that determine if I will continue reading this series. Well, KMM has pulled it off, and Mac’s character has definitely grown, and developed to the point that I really truly like her now. She has become more serious and spunky. She’s thinking for herself, and not letting anyone walk all over her. She’s matured from the 22 y/o manicure-obsessed brat she came across as in DF.

    In this stage of the story, KMM has added more characters, thrown in some interesting twists, and developed just a bit more of the relationship with Mac, Barrons and V’lane, and there could be a third love interest that KMM introduces. Mac can’t trust anyone because there are no clear motives and everyone’s in the game for their own reasons. But Mac’s motives don’t appear to be entirely pure either. I wonder what Mac really plans on doing with the Sinsar Dubh, if she manages to get her hands on it?

    KMM has tied up very few loose ends, and has created even more. She hasn’t resolved any of the issues brought up in DF, and created more. This is exactly what I look for in a series – if all the questions are answered too early, why bother to continue reading? Anyone expecting resolutions will be disappointed. For those looking for a bit of the romance between Mac and Barrons, there are two scenes that show more of the sexual tension – one of which is positively explosive. We get a brief shot of a softer side of Barrons than we previously had, making me think that Barrons isn’t so tough and unemotional afterall. Anyone expecting gratuitous sex is going to be disappointed. From the sparks flying, I don’t see how KMM can keep it from happening in the next book though.

    There is more than enough fodder in this book to keep my fever going for the next year while waiting for the next installment. I was hoping for at least an excerpt, but it wasn’t forthcoming.

    SPOILER: It appears that V’lane sifts Mac away before she can meet the druids. I wonder why he chose that exact moment? Very intriguing. We also now know what Barrons is not, but gives a few ideas as what he could be.

  5. Stephanie
    January 22nd, 2011 at 06:57 | #5


    Bloodfever, KMM’s second installment to her new series, is a fast paced continuation of MacKayla’s adventures as a newly recognized sidh-seer romping through Ireland in search of her sister’s killer. Familiar faces are seen throughout and a few new ones are introduced to the readers. As much as I was looking forward to this long awaited sequel, I have to say it did little to move the story along. I was by no means disappointed in the novel, but I longed for more information. We still don’t have a clue as to who (or what) Jericho Barrons is, nor are we any closer to getting to the heart of the story and the real action.

    Dani, the 14 year old lightening fast sidh-seer, was a great addiction to the cast, but she remains shrouded in mystery as well. Christian, certainly the son of one of the MacKeltar twins (my guess Daegus) was also briefly introduced, and I hope will play a more integral part in the upcoming installments. We experienced some lustful attraction between Mac and Jericho, but that is all as far as the *romance* aspect.

    In my opinion, a year is too long to wait for more of this story, so I’m hoping KMM’s fingers type a bit faster and her publishers agree to get Book 3 out sooner than later.

  6. claudia
    January 22nd, 2011 at 14:53 | #6


    This is the second book in a five-part series, and I love it! It is a slowly building romance, which is a treat. So the relationships do not take the standard, predictable, twists that a conventional, stand-alone, romance novel would take. It’s partly a mystery. We have this mysterious character, Jericho Barrons, and we have to study very carefully the clues that are dropped about his true nature – is he a vampire? is he a werewolf? Just what is he? It’s really hard to tell, but very intriguing. I have to admit to having fallen in love with this character – I daydream about him all the time now. the herione is one who is growing, maturing. This is great, because in the first novel of the series, I wrote a review here in which I said that I did not like her. She starts out being very naieve, and in this novel, part 2, she really comes a long way. Finally, this overarching story is a dark fantasy, not a standard romance novel at all. Both main characters do unsavory things and are forced to make choices. This is the stuff of good story-telling. Oh yeah, and there is a very hot sex scene in this story!

  7. Looloo
    January 23rd, 2011 at 00:48 | #7


    Whilst I will always love Karen Marie Monings highlander books (boy do I love em) this new series shows her growth as a writer. She has gone from writing a complete story in one book and stretched herself into the realms of the epic saga. Darkfever felt like a great prologue and opening chapters and Bloodfever has continued into the first section of the story. Mac’s development and … I want to say seduction .. underpinned this segment in what is obviously going to be a fabulous series. I did not see some of the developments coming which is such a treat these days and I felt I was not reading fast enough to keep up with the story. Well done Karen, I adore seeing your new darker side.

  8. Yellow Rosey
    January 24th, 2011 at 20:00 | #8


    I read this last night in one sitting. Moning’s writing is excellent. We almost get one of those steamy scenes we’ve gotten used to in Moning’s highlander series. Did anyone else notice Cian’s cameo in the book??? Ohhh I can’t wait, absolutely freaking cannot wait for the next book. I wish Moning would wait a little bit longer and bring out a book that has more pages in it. Come on Moning, give us a 1000 pgs to thoroughly get our “Mac” on.

    I like that Mac is growing up and getting comfortable with her “Savage Mac”. Hanging around Jerico Barrons would have to make you see sides you normally keep placed on a shelf cause it’s not proper to bring them out. Well, Jerico always wears those sides, he just doesn’t let everyone see it. Absolutely great!

  9. D. Minchow
    January 25th, 2011 at 08:48 | #9


    I read Darkfever and in my previous review I admitted it was a near miss. I almost put it down – the kiss of death for me. Luckily I stuck with it and I was not disappointed. But with the new installment of the fever series, Bloodfever, I discovered that the occasional slow pace in Darkfever was absent in Bloodfever. Bloodfever moved fast with action everywhere: more twists were introduced, more characters with complex hidden agendas appeared, old characters returned with scores to settle. Nonoe of the issues raised in Darkfever were resolved – should they have been? I don’t think so. This is a series and there needs to be something in the rest of the installments. I disagree with the reviewers that claimed this story didn’t advance. True, we still don’t know who or what Jerricho is but then we were given clues to chew on and contemplate. Mac becomes stronger and more complex. Her pink clothers are disappearing, her nails are a mess, and she still doesn’t know who to trust but she does learn who she can rely on – and she starts doing shots. I’m starting to think she’s better than Buffy.

    But there are no easy answers in this story. Darkfever was billed as a romance but Bloodfever is anything but (IMHO) with no knights in shining armor rushing to Mac’s rescue without first proposing a bargain. Mac is pushed into doing things nobody could have guessed at in order to save herself. The evolution of the relationship between Mac and JB is raucous and funny. The sexual tension between the two does grow and come (almost) to a head. But mostly what we see is Mac growing and changing to fit this new role, this new personna. It was an amazing, exciting, wonderful read. If you are looking for sexually charged romances typical of Karen’s previous work then maybe you should pass (and that would be too bad for you) but if you want to witness the growth of a writer into new territory and enjoy a great read then I strongly recommend Bloodfever.

  10. JSG
    January 27th, 2011 at 13:54 | #10


    I agree this was as good or better than the first book in the series. I really enjoy watching Mac get stronger and more sure of herself. She suffers a lot in this book, but grows with the experience. The tension between her and Barrons is really great. I read this book in one sitting. Now I have to wait until late 2008 for the next one!

  11. StdPudel
    January 28th, 2011 at 09:42 | #11


    I was disappointed by Darkfever, the first book in Moning’s new Fever series. The heroine annoyed me, there was no sex, and there seemed to be a lot of running and around and emoting without a lot going on. I’m a big fan of Moning’s Highlander series and I was hoping for more.

    Bloodfever is more intense and more interesting. The heroine, MacKayla Lane (I hope a reason for this soap opera first name is revealed in an upcoming book) recognizes that she is becoming two women: “MacKayla Lane, bartender and glam-girl” and “Savage Mac, squatting in the dirt, stabbing her spear into the ground”. Savage Mac gives MacKayla Lane some backbone and edge, which the southern belle introduced in Darkfever desperately needed. Darkfever and Bloodfever together would make a satisfying book. As is, if you are like me, don’t give up! This one is really better. There’s juicy sexual tension, and humor, along with some violent creepy stuff that happens to MacKayla. The creepy violence serves two purposes: it got me on her side, somewhat despite myself, and it pushes her to grow beyond her insipidity. Highlander fans will be gratified that a MacKeltar makes an appearance in Bloodfever.

    I’m back on the Moning bandwagon with cautious optimism that she will take us to new and exciting realms, both faerie and human.

  12. Leontine’s Book Realm
    January 28th, 2011 at 21:26 | #12


    I eased into the story of Bloodfever with very little effort as the thoughts and feelings of Mac quickly made me a part of her world again!

    Mac’s world is no longer filled with sunbathing at the pool, pink clothes and magazine’s but with the Unseelie, dark comfortable clothes and living in a bookstore. Life pulled a 180 on her and she was handling it so far, still the shades grew bolder by the day, old and new enemies finding her and she remains at Barrons side for the quest of the Sinsar Dubh. Many obstacles are in their way with an inspector that watches her closely, her father whom brings a visit and like a home beacon for trouble many want Mac out of the way. Yet,Mac’s stubbornness for information leads her to new grounds…

    In Bloodfever things become darker and nastier as Mac’s journey continues. I enjoyed myself, getting acquainted again with the quirky humor of Mac and the effect she has on her surroundings. Sometimes I read a story which effortlessly wraps me up, taking me in to a world that is relentless to let me go, this happened to me with Bloodfever. Karen Moning gave me what I came to expect from her, quality, a world that holds me in its grip and intense characters that make me relate to the journey and emotions they’re feeling. And intense they were, with electrified energy between Barrons and Mac it is a sinful pleasure to read their conversations and non verbal communications. At times I thought: `when is this going to erupt into something wickedly physical?’ Though Barrons is gorgeous, arrogant and has a large dose of mystery I didn’t get to witness him in a wickedly physical state…much! Still he’s one of the most delectable men I’ve ever read about and the only frustration I had was that I didn’t read enough of the man in Bloodfever.

    V’Lane, to me, is a category all on its own, giving us a new feel to the Fae world and still oddly it remains the same. Mac takes centre stage of course as this book is written from the first person. Mac is bold, she’s fresh with a language of her own that makes me smile and has a zest for life that makes heroines out of women! Because Karen Moning portraits such a strong personality with her own habits and reading just about her every thought, I connected very easily with Mac again, empathizing with her during the journey and choices she makes. She grows, learns and I for one am very curious where she ends up and with who!

    Though I didn’t experience the revelations in Bloodfever as mind blowing they were still very interesting! I kind of feel like Karen Moning has a strategy in mind, which of course she only knows, and all the characters need to be in a certain place for a spectacular final. Only, we’re nowhere near the ending of these Chronicles, so I’m left with this tortures feeling of where this is all going. Still, from first till last page my interest was played by bits of new information or characters that kept me eager and flipping the pages to find out where Bloodfever would end. Because Barrons, sort of, remains wrapped up in mystery, V’Lane cloaked in death-by-sex energy and Mac still tries to unravel it all!

    With this novel I feel that Karen Moning isn’t going to give it to us easy but who wants easy when hard-to-get is so much fun!

    Courtesy of Realms on our Bookshelves

  13. BMac
    January 30th, 2011 at 11:07 | #13


    BloodFever is fantastic! Karen Moning’s new series kept me riveted during my read-a-thons. She has strong plots & subplots which tie in with tiny details that come together seamlessly at the critical moments. She hasn’t written ‘to pattern’ in the Fever series and her growth as an author is obvious. Mac’s character is developing in direct relation to the trauma, shock and reveals that she experiences. Barrons character is sexy and mysterious. I’m looking forward to reading the next three books in the series to have all questions answered and finding out who Mac ends up with.

  14. melindeeloo
    January 31st, 2011 at 11:15 | #14


    With Bloodfever, the “Fever” series has gotten past its birthing pains and started really fulfilling its promise. Avoiding the uncomfortable scenes with the “death-by-sex” Fae prince, really helped. Mac is slowly learning how to deal with her new role in the world as Sidhe-seer and is growing out of her too-stupid-to-live Georgia peach debutante roots. But while she is growing it is a process and a slow and painful one for Mac. Barron remains a mystery, we get more hints to what he isn’t but it is still not clear what he is, although I am starting to have suspicions. His relationship with Mac, remains complex. Now that I’ve gotten over my romantic expectations in the first book I have no problem with waiting to see where that goes. So, my only complaint with Bloodfever is that with all the action packed into this book, it was such a page-turner that I finished it way too quickly and now I have to wait until the next one, Faefever, to find out what happens next. So, in addition to my 5 stars, to let you know how much I liked Bloodfever, I bought this one new and actually thought it was worth the price!

  15. I. Daco
    February 1st, 2011 at 05:26 | #15


    I can honestly say that this was even better than the first…and thats saying a lot since the first one has made me salivate for this second book! Mac and Barrons are explosive together. I’m really HOPING that they do end up together because they sure make me tingle. LoL. As for the storyline there is definitely MORE now. The first book left me with a multitude of questions..I’m not saying it’ll be answered in this book (obviously since there are other books in the works) but we definitely see an unraveling here! I started reading at 4PM and 3 hours later I’ve devoured the whole book! I practically whimpered when it ended. I can’t believe I have to wait so long for the next installment!

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